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Medway Council has a scheme that can help you if you are
thinking about reusable nappies. They are good for your baby's
health, good for the environment, cheap and easy to use.
Reusable nappies have changed since the traditional terry
nappies. There is a wide choice of designs, styles and colours.
Many even look like disposable nappies.
An important incentive
A £30 financial incentive (in the form of Boots vouchers),
payable in three instalments, is being offered to parents who join
the scheme. You can claim this when nappies are bought from a shop
or the internet if a proof of purchase and validation form signed
by a healthcare professional is sent to the Waste Development
Team at Medway Council. For a validation form ask your midwife,
health visitor or contact Customer First on information below.
If you have been using reusable nappies on a previous child, you
can only claim for that child for the period of time they have been
using reusable nappies within the current financial year.
If you have been given nappies from a friend or family member to
use on your child, you will be entitled to the incentive as there
is still a reduction in nappy waste. You will need a validation
form signed by your healthcare professional to validate the
Claims are settled within 14 days of receiving all correct
When purchasing nappies you need to consider how quickly you can
wash and dry them. It is recommended to have three days worth of
nappies. Most babies require approximately six changes a day.
The approximate cost of purchasing and home laundering real
nappies for two and a half years ranges from £185 to about £352
depending on nappy type.
Some nappy facts
- Reusable nappies are chemical-free and can be washed at
- Children in cloth nappies tend to toilet train about six months
sooner than those in disposable nappies.
- With velcro fastenings and nappy nippas, there is no longer any
need for safety pins.
- In Britain, 8million nappies are thrown away each day.
- A baby requires more than 2,000 nappy changes a year. This
amount would fill more than 40 black sacks.
- 94 per cent of nappies end up in landfill sites.
- Disposable nappies consume large amounts of natural resources
- With flushable liners, all waste is dealt with by the sewage
- Reusable nappies are very effective. They normally only leak if
they are poorly fitted. Providing you are using the most suitable
type of nappy for your requirements there is no reason why a
reusable nappy system cannot be as effective as a disposable
- Reusable nappies save you money. Over time, the average cost of
reusable nappies is between a quarter and a fifth of the cost of
disposables. Reusable nappies can be used for subsequent children,
so the savings grow.
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